The 2016 Dallas International Soccer Festival concluded on Sunday with final matches that lived up to the excitement of the tournament all week. This year the tournament welcomed 4 nations including Germany, Mexico, Canada, and the United States. On Wednesday evening we kicked off the tournament with the first games of the group stages. Thursday and Friday the group stages continued, as each game was completed group divisions were narrowed down to the teams that would advance to the semis and semifinals. Saturday teams competed to advance to the finals.
Winners for each age category are as follows: U11/U12 Boys: Dallas Texans 06B Dallas U12/U13 Girls: Dallas Texans 05 Girls South U13 Boys: Dallas Texans Hassan U14 Girls: Dallas Texans South 04 AP U14 Boys: Tigres U15 Girls: Sparta 02G Elite U15/U16 Boys: Dallas Texans U-15 PA U16 Girls: Sting East 01 Dunstan U17/U18 Boys: Dallas Texans U16 USSDA U17 Girls: Dallas Texans 00G Black FW
This year we welcomed Andries Jonker, the Academy Manager from Arsenal FC, one of the top pro clubs in the world in England, to the Dallas International Soccer Festival. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoon Andries conducted his classroom coaching session for coaches that had teams in the tournament at the Omni Dallas Hotel Parkwest. Thursday and Friday evening Andries took to the field and trained with the Dallas Texans U18 USSDA team, on Saturday evening he trained with the Dallas Texans U17 ECNL Girls team.
Cheetos, a sponsor of the Dallas International Soccer festival, brought their very own freestyle fútbol team, Los Cheetahs, to the tournament to show off the squad’s fun freestyle soccer skills and teach players new tricks. Teams watched entertaining performances, checked out freestyle demos, and participate in activities to win cool prizes and sample Cheetos different flavors.
Helping to make this tournament possible were our amazing sponsors such as NIKE, the City of Farmers Branch, Gatorade and many others. What makes the Dallas International Soccer Festival a once in a lifetime experience and not just a great soccer tournament are the events that take place off the field that create a lifetime of memories for these young athletes!
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